Allen team triumphs in 2013 RGBB Open

Updated 24 February 2013
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Allen team triumphs in 2013 RGBB Open

Another high turnout witnessed yet another close finish in the 2013 RGBB Open Championship recently. The event staged at Dirab Golf and Country Club for the fifth year saw 128 players battle for the title as strongly as ever before.
The four ball Texas Scramble format competition saw 32 teams fight for the coveted claret jugs on offer over two days of highly competitive golf.
The quality of the players participating combined with perfect playing conditions clearly had a significant effect as yet again a record number of teams shot below the par score of 72 on this challenging parkland course.
The Wednesday teams laid down a real challenge to their Thursday counterparts, with one eventually proving insurmountable. Overnight Godfrey Allen’s team led the way with net score of 55. Thursday’s teams took full advantage of the perfect weather conditions which had continued from the previous day and set about overhauling the impressive overnight score from the start.
The team of Mark Campbell really started strongly, with five birdies on their opening seven holes. They unfortunately failed to capitalize on this strong start as other teams grabbed birdies late on to lay their own claim to the title.
Despite the best efforts of the teams on Thursday the overnight lead of the Allen team that included Saad Al Othaibi, Eddie Lee and Shaun Temple remained uncontested. The winning team received their Claret jugs and international flights courtesy of Nasair from John Hymns from premier sponsor Selex ES at the awards ceremony.
In second place were Robin Williamson, Ben Pacey, Andrew McKechnie and Steve Parrott, who shot a 16 under 56. They each received SR 1,500 SR vouchers from Almutlaq stores to accompany their trophies; these were awarded by Almutlaq marketing executive Omar Al Bakri.
In third place with a score of 57 on a count back were Richard Salisbury, Phil Kavanagh, Orazio Moretti and David Corbett who all received tournament bags as their prize from Ali Akram from UPS.
The team of Peter Donkin, Ed Bulkeley, Clare Watts and Ian Wells who also shot a 57 settled for fourth place.
Fifth went to Mark Campbell, Phil Pannell, Ruhan De Kock and Nigel Davey, they came out on top of a 6-team tie for fifth place on the count back rule.
The tournament organized by Gary Richardson and his team for the fifth straight year was held over two days to accommodate the large number of players that entered the event.
The prizes for the longest drive for ladies division went to Clare Watts with Imran Qadir winning the men’s section. Closest to the pin on hole No. 4 was Stuart Halliday, with Patrick Kennedy closest on hole 7 for the second year in a row. Mark Campbell was nearest to the pin on hole 11, with Phil Kavanagh securing the title for hole 16.
The team longest putt was won by Paul Siffre, David Forster, Chris Innes-Hopkins and Mark Turner
The RGBB would like to thank everyone for helping make the event another huge success. RGBB would particularly like to thank the generous sponsors namely Selex ES, SABB, Volvo, First Motor Company, Almutlaq Furniture Group, UPS, British Airways, SIKA, American Express, Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers, Almarai Co., Alyoum, Axa, Nasair, Hotel Al Khozama, Turnberry, Noble Smile, The RGBB Golf Society, Riyadh Village, Arabian Shield, and Dirab Golf & Country Club.


Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

Updated 23 April 2018
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Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

  • Egyptian superstar currently has 30 Premier League goals this season
  • Salah beat the likes of De Bruyne and Kane to the award

LONDON: Mohamed Salah was crowned the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday, with his incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool beating out strong competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.
“It’s a big honor. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday evening.
Salah matched a Premier League record tally for a single season by scoring his 31st league goal of the campaign in a 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday.
“You’re comparing your name with some great names,” he said, on the prospect of breaking the record. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world.
“There are still three games to go. I want to break this record.”
Salah has also netted seven times in eight Champions League games, including in both legs of Liverpool’s 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of City, to carry his side to a first semifinal for a decade.
De Bruyne showed why he had been many people’s early-season favorite for the prize with an incredible long-range strike for his 12th goal of the season to go with a league-high number of assists as champions City thrashed Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.
“From my point of view when you are analizing 10 months, there is no player better than him,” said City manager Pep Guardiola of the Belgian midfielder.
“Maybe there are numbers better but for me he was the best. But it is my opinion, the opinions of the players could be different. But in the end, in summer time he will be at home being champion.”
City did pick up a prize from the PFA gala in central London on Sunday, though, as Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year.
Sane, another City team-mate David Silva, De Bruyne, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane were the other five nominees for the main prize.